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  • March 9, 2014

    My Love Affair with Modern Art (2006)

    Author: Katharine Kuh

    One of America’s leading curators takes you on a personal tour of the world of modern art. In the Depression-era climate of the 1930s, Katharine Kuh defied the odds and opened a gallery in Chicago, where she exhibited such relatively unknown artists as Fernand Léger, Paul Klee, Joan Miró, Ansel Adams, Marc Chagall, and Alexander Calder. Her extraordinary story reveals how and why America became a major force in the world of contemporary art.


  • April 13, 2013

    The Devil and Dr. Barnes:
    Portrait of an American Art Collector (2006)

    Author: Howard Greenfeld

    A biography of Albert Barnes, who used his self-made fortune to snub the American museum and gallery community from the turn of the century until his death in 1951. His quest for supremacy in the art world led to the creation of one of America's premier private collections. Greenfeld chronicles Barnes's eccentric behavior, unusual educational philosophy, and friendships with such notables as Gertrude and Leo Stein, John Dewey, and Henri Matisse.